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Jakarta Post

11 killed as truck crashes into houses, vehicles in Brebes

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 21, 2018   /   02:06 pm
11 killed as truck crashes into houses, vehicles in Brebes Scene of destruction: Residents look at a severely damaged house after it was hit by a truck that had veered off the Tegal-Purwokerto road in Jatisawit village, Bumiayu, Brebes, Central Java, on Sunday. (Antara/Oky Lukmansyah)

A truck has crashed into houses along the Tegal-Purwokerto road in Bumiayu district, Brebes, Central Java, when the vehicle failed to brake at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Eleven people were killed in the incident and dozens injured. 

The truck, which was carrying sugar, had departed from Purwokerto and was bound for Jakarta. The truck driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle when he entered the village of Jatisawit, hitting houses, motorcycles and cars along the road.

"We suspect that the brake pedal was broken," Brebes Police traffic unit chief First Insp. Budi Supartoyo said on Sunday, as quoted by

Supartoyo said the driver had attempted to prevent the accident by turning the wheel sharply to the left but the truck had kept going. It then hit a car, 13 motorcycles and seven houses. The truck driver is reportedly in a coma after suffering serious injuries. (hol/ebf)